Wild Yam Root
Latin name: Dioscorea villosa
Health Benefits of Wild Yam Root
Wild Yam Root is a good tonic for the female system as it helps balance out the hormones. Though it has a long history of use as a woman's herb, it also has several other benefits. Health benefits include:
- Antispasmodic, which makes it helpful for spasms of the intestines, pain from endometriosis, and menstrual cramps.
- Great for colic.
- Helpful during menopause - balances hormones.
- Contains a substance called dioscoretine, which has lowered blood sugar levels in animal studies.
- Helps raise HDL (the "good" cholesterol) and lower LDL (the "bad" cholesterol).
- Aids digestion and is helpful in alleviating flatulence.
- Improves the function of the liver and gall bladder.
- Contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, making it useful in treating other ailments, such as asthma, neuritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Helps regulate the metabolism.
Nutritional Benefits of Wild Yam Root
- Excellent source of potassium and manganese.
- Rich in fiber.
- Contains Copper and Vitamin C.
How to Use Wild Yam Root
- Usually used powdered in capsules, or in a cream.
- Also helpful made as a tea.
Cautions and Side Effects of Wild Yam Root
- Not recommended for pregnant women or children.